HP TouchPad in June for $499

HP TouchPad in June for $499

Summary: The latest rumor about the HP TouchPad originally shown last month at the webOS press event thrown by HP, has the tablet going on sale in June for $500. If that price holds up that is good news as it would be competitive with entry-level iPad 2 pricing.

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We get tired of rumors like everyone, but when companies won't go official with product launch dates and pricing they are all we have. The latest rumor about the HP TouchPad, that was originally shown last month at the webOS press event thrown by HP, has the tablet going on sale in June for $499. If that price holds up that is good news as it would be competitive with entry-level iPad 2 pricing.

The TouchPad shown by HP was a solid performer, and the webOS platform looked like a perfect fit for a tablet. The interface impressed those in attendance at the press event last month, and looked like the TouchPad could be picked up and used immediately. The unique interaction with the Pre 3 as demonstrated is particularly useful.

Let's hope this rumor about the pricing for a 16GB WiFi model of the TouchPad is accurate. While I prefer smaller tablets for portability, the 10-inch TouchPad looked awfully darn good. That June release is a long way away, as is the rumored September launch of the 7-inch webOS tablet. If you are as anxious to see the TouchPad released as I am, have a look at the two videos I captured in February that give a good look at webOS on the tablet.

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  • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

    <i>While I prefer smaller tablets for portability, the 10-inch TouchPad looked awfully darn good. That June release is a long way away, as is the rumored September launch of the 7-inch webOS tablet. </i>
    Either way you are going to have a compromise. Either go with a large phone (7 inch and give up screen size) or a tablet (10 inch though you cannot put it in your purse). I honestly do not see the issues with a 10 inch device. But there are those that like the idea of a really big phone, so to each his/her own.
    Rick_K
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @Rick_K

      Although I'm probably in a minority of one, I'd actually like to see a 12" tablet. If I'm out and about I normally just keep stuff in my pockets and I don't see a 7" tablet being that much better than a smartphone.
      OffsideInVancouver
      • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

        @OffsideInVancouver <br>I think Acer has a 12", but it runs Win7...
        aiellenon
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @Rick_K

      I think HP is trying to solve this issue with the interaction between the Pre 3 and the Touchpad. a 10" is great for reading on, but you want to go really portable? Touch the devices together and the info moves from your Touchpad to your Pre 3.
      siobhanellis@...
  • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

    All I have to say about the TouchPad is "PLEASE!!!" This device looks great, I think it would more than meet my needs/desires, and I wouldn't have to install iTunes on my computer to set it up!
    jglopic
    • The talking point explained

      @jglopic Since the paid spokespersons for Microsoft are too decent to mention it, I will reveal that installing iTunes on your computer will cause all puppies to die within a seven-block radius; it will cause the nearest nuclear reactor to melt down; you will become sterile; and all the cute bunny rabbits will be killed.<br><br>Consider yourselves warned.
      Robert Hahn
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @jglopic

      I agree, I think it looks great, HP has addressed most of the UI issues that the other devices are having. If my wife would use a vertical slide phone (she hates the tiny keys and prefers horizontal sliders), I'd buy her a pre3 and web OS tablet, I know she would like the tablet and would use the pre3 combo features, but can't stand the keyboard.

      better multi-device interaction than anyone else currently has.
      aiellenon
  • don't call them cards...

    they are windows; why invent new wording for the same thing...you just confuse us all....
    amasys
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @amasys<br>The word "card" has been in the vernacular since before Apple's Hypercard in the 80s. Also, they aren't windows, as they have distinct functionality in a multitasking OS.
      DeusXMachina
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @amasys
      I agree, but the issue is they don't want people to think of M$ when they use or talk about WebOS.... It was really smart of M$ to name their OS after an already in use household word.
      aiellenon
      • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

        @aiellenon
        No, the issue is that they are not windows
        DeusXMachina
  • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

    HP seems to have Apple envy, and rightly so. The debacle that is Windows 7 on tablets is enough to leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth.

    Last night I watched their (nearly) 2 hour intro of the Touchpad. It was actually pretty compelling. Obviously HP has a huge distribution network but developer support so far has been pretty lackluster. I am curious to see if it picks up.

    So far, the Touchpad is the best alternative to an iPad that I've seen. We'll see if it stays that way.
    Rich Miles
  • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

    You can't blame HP for wanting to get into the tablet market. I owned a Palm Pre, and I must say, I did not care much for it. In fact, I couldn't wait to get rid of it. WebOs is not my cup of tea. Also, one more issue -APPS!!!!
    I own a Galaxy Tab - I thought I knew what a tablet experience should be. On Friday, I bought the iPad 2 - OMG! What a beautiful work of Art (Angels singing in the background). Now I know what a tablet experience should really be. With over 65,000 iPad apps, the best user interface I have ever experienced, the beautiful screen, and the smoothness and speed, I can never go anywhere else. I mean, once you use the iPad 2 - be honest - it is the best, whatever the specs are or your feelings about Apple - come on be fair now.
    bastille1789
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @bastille1789 The really big iPhone ... er iPad is okay.. I really have no need since my iPhone can do all of the same things... however I did buy a 7 inch Nook tablet and rooted it to run 2.3.3 Android... I really enjoy the experience of having Widgets on the screen that show time, temperature, scores, weather, etc without opening an app.. plus you can add different launchers to make it look like Android, Windows 7 Phone or even iPad type configurations... 65,000 apps is nice, but Android is pretty close if not over that...all the core apps except netflix is on Android. Plus I paid $200 for the Nook which performs as well as my friends Galaxy Tab... WIN!
      hjenkins1
      • Really?

        Your phone can run Numbers and Pages? It can run iAnnotate? It can run Garageband? It can view full web pages without pinching or zooming? It can display your mail in landscape mode in two-pane view?

        It is so brain-dead obvious that a 10" screen allows you to do things a 4" screen doesn't that people who insist otherwise really look stupid.
        fr_gough
      • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

        @hjenkins1
        Iagree, rooting a nook and adding 2.3.3 is the way to go financially right now, it runs pretty quick and you get a sweet display that works in the sun! HOWEVER, I have to argue your "really big iPhone" comment, I understand the point, and the basis of your statement, but iOS was originally designed for a tablet of the 9.7" size, but Steve canned the iPad in favor of the iPhone and made the devs recode to fit the 3.7" display, because he felt the market was not ready for tablets (netbooks were too big of a deal at the time and he wanted to wait until they died down).

        If Apple made Android there would be no competition anywhere (ie everything android is, with Apples design ideas and strict app rules, not the iTurds lock down, or non-openness. just the single hardware, nearly single OS version, fluidity, and speed of the OS)
        aiellenon
    • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

      @bastille1789
      I have owned four Android tablets. I must say I'm NOT a FAN !! As soon as I get some extra money I will own an iPad 2... that's the way a tablet should behave.
      camcost@...
      • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

        @camcost@...

        If you didn't like the first three why did you buy the fourth? :S
        OffsideInVancouver
      • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

        @camcost@... Four Android tablets? Which ones? Did you buy the $99 Craigs or other cheap knockoff with capacitive screens? You will never have a good experience on them... first you need resistive screen tech and a good processor and memory, this is where Android sort of failed on the tablet front at the beginning, there really is no Tablet Android OS, not at least until the Xoom was released with 3.0... so anyone with access to the publicly available Android code for the phones could try to put it on a tablet...

        Try a Galaxy Tab in the store, even a Xoom.. they are not bad and really are similar to the iPad...they play music, video, surf the web have a good selection of apps, have better customization options (think animated wallpaper, widgets, look and feel overall, etc)...
        hjenkins1
      • RE: HP TouchPad in June for $499

        @OffsideInVancouver@... <br>I believe I bought into the Android hype. Since before the release of the iPad, there's been a strong group of internet Android fanatics (3 at my office) who are convinced it's the best overall OS. And, I do enjoy it on my phone. But, with each purchase I expected a device which behaves better than an iPad, and none of them have even come close. I also had a price ceiling of $400 (which is why I don't own an iPad; will never own a Xoom; and probably won't own a TouchPad). Luckily, I haven't had any problem reselling on ebay, since there's a strong group of Android fans just dieing to get their hands on a good used device.<br><br>@hjenkins1@<br>The Galaxy Tab is a wonderful device... probably coming close to 85% as good as the iPad, but again, priced too high at first (and offered right after purchasing another lesser tablet).
        camcost@...